In an official statement, UNLV President Len Jessup announced today that Desiree Reed-Francois will become UNLV's next athletics director.
“Desiree has tremendous depth of experience at the highest levels of college athletics and a clear vision for the future of Rebel athletics, and I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome her to UNLV,” said UNLV President Len Jessup. “She has shown the ability to manage the complex internal demands of a large Power Five athletics department while simultaneously energizing fans and supporters in all sports, and I’m confident she’ll successfully move UNLV athletics forward.”
Reed-Francois seems excited about the opportunity and is looking forward to putting her stamp on UNLV athletics.
“There’s a great sense of enthusiasm and momentum in the community and at UNLV, and I’m honored to join this university and work with our coaches, staff, and student-athletes to build on the solid foundation in place,” said Reed-Francois. “College athletics have the unique ability to educate, unite, and inspire. Together, we will do all of that at UNLV and build a championship culture that leads academically and athletically.”
The UNLV football team is expected to play its home games at the Raiders' new stadium as early as 2019, so Reed-Francois is inheriting a program on the rise. She will now be tasked with not only developing the football program, but taking all sports to the next level.